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rutabaga

[ roo-tuh-bey-guh, roo-tuh-bey- ]
/ ˌru təˈbeɪ gə, ˈru təˌbeɪ- /
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noun
a brassicaceous plant, Brassica napobrassica, having a yellow- or white-fleshed, edible tuber.
the edible tuber, a variety of turnip.

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Also called Swedish turnip.

Origin of rutabaga

1790–1800, Americanism;<Swedish (dial.) rotabagge
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British Dictionary definitions for rutabaga

rutabaga
/ (ˌruːtəˈbeɪɡə) /

noun
US and Canadian a Eurasian plant, Brassica napus (or B. napobrassica), cultivated for its bulbous edible root, which is used as a vegetable and as cattle fodder: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
the root of this plant
Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): swede

Word Origin for rutabaga

C18: from Swedish dialect rotabagge, literally: root bag
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